Judge Finds Defendant Guilty; Manslaughter Law Extending to New Grounds?

Text messages between the two shown in court revealed that Carter, then 17, told Roy to "get back in" the vehicle as it filled with the lethal gas.

The judge said Carter had a duty to call someone for help when she knew Roy was attempting suicide.

At the time, Carter was 17 years old, and she sent hundreds of chilling text messages that encouraged (and later, demanded for) Roy to kill himself.

"This court finds you guilty of involuntary manslaughter of Conrad Roy III", said Judge Lawrence Moniz.

Michelle Carter, the woman who successfully told her boyfriend to kill himself, is getting support after her Friday conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

A MA woman was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a judge Friday ruled a barrage of text messages led to her boyfriend's suicide.

While the family will have to wait until August 3 for the sentencing of Carter, who faces up to 20 years in prison, they hope she will receive the maximum punishment. "Like I don't get why you aren't", Carter wrote.

A young woman was convicted Friday morning of causing her boyfriend's death by suicide in 2014. "You can't keep living this way", Michelle allegedly said in another message.

Although Carter is now 20 years old, she was tried as a juvenile due to her age at the time of Roy's suicide.

Prosecutors argued that Carter manipulated Roy into suicide to gain sympathy and attention from friends she often feared would ignore her or push her aside.

Conrad Roy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a K-Mart parking lot after starting a generator inside of his truck. He said that although the suicide was tragic, it was not a homicide. "Like I don't get why you aren't".

"Miss Carter takes no action", Moniz said, despite knowing where he was and obtaining his mother and sister's telephone numbers several days earlier.

Carter's lawyer Joseph Cataldo had argued that Roy was already suicidal before meeting Carter and that Roy was exclusively responsible for his own actions. Lynn Roy spoke to CBS' 48 Hours about the conviction of her son's former girlfriend. Furthermore, Massachusetts - where the trial took place - is distinct from many other states because it doesn't have any laws preventing people from encouraging others to commit suicide. As Roy's apparent plan to end his life took shape, Carter's texts became instructive.

The court heard she had also helped him devise the method of his death, even searching the internet for the "best way" to die. Although she is out on bail, she isn't allowed to contact Roy's family or leave the state of MA without permission until her sentencing date.

Court watchers believe the ruling will send shockwaves in cases concerning virtual communications.

  • Salvatore Jensen